As of April 1, 2022, Toronto Public Health no longer provides Preschool Speech & Language, Blind-Low Vision and Infant Hearing programs. These programs have moved to Surrey Place. To make a referral or for more information, please contact Surrey Place at 416-925-5141. Learn more about this change.

All babies in Ontario are offered free hearing screening at birth. If you live in Toronto and you think your baby needs a hearing screen, contact Surrey Place for information and booking.


Hearing and listening skills can impact a child’s learning, social skills and how they communicate with others.

Hearing and ear health are important for:

  • Developing speech sounds and spoken language
  • Following directions that are spoken
  • Listening to music and stories
  • Learning in school (hearing and understanding spoken instructions and directions)

Even mild hearing loss can lead to delays in spoken language development and difficulties in school. The only way to know if your child has a hearing loss is by having their hearing tested.

Find out how to have your child’s hearing tested.

Developmental Milestones

Use this checklist to monitor your child's hearing development.

Help Your Child Now

Learn how to help your child develop listening/hearing skills and who to contact for help.

For more information about your child’s development or behaviour, call a Public Health Nurse at 416-338-7600 or chat live.